See-Yee-See-Yer or Spring-O-The-Year whistles the Eastern Meadowlark from its perches in meadows and along roadsides in rural areas. It is perhaps my favorite song of the grasslands of eastern North America.
These clips were gathered at Bradford Farm Experimental Station, an agricultural research facility of the University of Missouri (about ten miles east of Columbia). Although I goofed a couple of times—I somehow didn’t press the record button at one critical juncture—I am quite happy with the results. Last year, I tried several times to capture footage of a meadowlark near my home town of Ithaca, New York, but four trips yielded marginal results and left me feeling frustrated. Now the curse is broken and I’m rarin’ to give it another go, if the weather permits.